Interlogix Simon XT - Wireless Security System Reviews
Submitted on 11/21/2019 Alarm Grid
The Interlogix Simon XT is a wireless all-in-one alarm panel. It is an extremely basic system with a push-button keypad. It is a good system for those who are looking for minimal functionality, and nothing more. With the proper support, it can do pretty much all of the basic functions you would expect out of a modern security system. Plus, it's a very affordable and cost-effective panel. But it certainly is primitive, and it's nowhere near as flashy as a touchscreen panel. And while the base cost is pretty low, you will still need to buy a communicator to get any real use out of the unit. If you already have an Interlogix Simon XT, or if you inherit one from someone else, then it's a great panel to use. Otherwise, you are usually better off getting something a little more substantial. All things considered, we give it 4 Stars.
When you step back and look at the Interlogix Simon XT, it's really not that bad of a panel. It's affordable and cost-effective. It can be upgraded to receive cellular monitoring service, which will also allow for connectivity with Alarm.com. Adding a cellular radio will also make Z-Wave home automation devices compatible with the system, but they will need to be controlled from Alarm.com. Compatible 319.5 MHz wireless sensors can be auto-enrolled, which is pretty convenient. Although the user will have to endure push-button keypad programming, the system is actually very easy to use once it has been set up.
But there are still numerous downsides to the Simon XT. The push-button keypad is very outdated, and it is much less convenient than a touchscreen keypad. The system really can't do much of anything without an added Alarm.com Cellular Communicator, as we strongly discourage anyone from using POTS (plain old telephone service) for alarm monitoring. Because of these weaknesses, we can only give the Interlogix Simon XT a 4 Star rating.
Good: Wireless All-In-One, Affordable, Easy Daily Use, Cellular Monitoring & ADC w/ Upgrade, Z-Wave w/ Upgrade, Auto-Enroll Sensors
Bad: Push-Button Keypad, Needs Upgrades for Most Features, Very Basic, Keypad Programming
Bottom Line: 4 Stars